Investigators say electrical fire destroyed home, sending woman to hospital and killing two dogs

Updated 5:12 p.m. Tuesday

PHOTO COURTESY OF SCAPPOOSE FIRE DISTRICT - Scappoose Fire District crews responded to a house fire on Elm Street that sent one person to the hospital on Monday, Sept. 3. Emergency crews responded to a house fire in Scappoose early Monday morning that sent one person to the hospital and resulted in the death of a 92-year-old woman and two family pets.

Scappoose Fire District crews were called to the 33973 SE Elm St. at 1:45 a.m., Monday, Sept. 3, when a structure fire was reported along with a possible victim suffering burns and smoke inhalation.

When crews arrived, a single-story residence was engulfed in flames and two victims were outside of the house, according to information in a press release from SFD. The woman was transported by ambulance to a Portland-area hospital, but later succumbed to her injuries Tuesday, according to the fire district.

A man staying in the house refused transport to the hospital against advice of paramedics on scene, but was later treated at a hospital and released, fire district officials reported Tuesday afternoon.

Two dogs reported missing at the time of the blaze were killed in the fire and discovered in the home later that day.

Three fire engines, one ambulance, one support vehicle, nine firefighters and three chief officers were on scene. Columbia River Fire and Rescue assisted.

Firefighters got the scene under control by 2:30 a.m. Monday, and investigators concluded the fire was most likely caused by electrical problems. Investigators estimate the damage to the home and its contents at $114,000, and found the home did have working smoke detetors, according to an updated news release from SFD.

This story has been updated to reflect the home did have working smoke detectors.

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